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Agricultural Materials Program

NIFA is USDA's principal link to academia and participates in a nationwide agricultural research planning and coordination system that includes state land-grant universities and the agricultural industry. As the federal partner in a cooperative system, NIFA provides leadership and funding to its university partners and other cooperators to advance research, extension, and higher education in the food and agricultural sciences and related environmental and human sciences.

NIFA promotes research and development for biobased industrial products and bioenergy primarily through its Agricultural Materials Program, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Sustainable Biofuels Challenge, and Small Business Innovation Research Program.

The Agricultural Materials Program provides funding for new crop development to encourage crop diversity and for new uses of conventional agricultural materials to stimulate market expansion. Non-competitive funding through formula grants and special research grants to land-grant universities support a range of basic and applied research topics including plant breeding and genetics, crop production, materials processing, and product development. Products include lubricants, energy, fibers, polymers, chemicals, and uses of agricultural waste.



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